Report: Jimmy Garoppolo Still Has 'Significant Support' with 49ers After Lance Pick

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 30, 2021

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The San Francisco 49ers presumably found their quarterback of the future in Trey Lance, but Jimmy Garoppolo has his fans within the organization.

"I'm told Garoppolo still has significant support in the 49ers building," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter. "...They feel like if he's in the lineup, he's healthy, 'We win.'"

Even with the usual qualifiers of wins as a quarterback stat, there has been a stark contrast for the 49ers with Garoppolo in the lineup. The team is 22-8 over the past four seasons with the 29-year-old under center, including a trip to the Super Bowl. San Francisco is just 7-27 with other starters at quarterback during this stretch.

The missed time is a concern for San Francisco, with an ankle issue limiting him to just six games last year. Only once has Garoppolo played more than six games in an NFL season.

Injuries held back the team in 2020, resulting in a 6-10 record one year after reaching the Super Bowl. The 49ers could still be a contender when healthy, however, especially with a proven player like Garoppolo in the lineup.

Even with Lance's talent as a dual-threat quarterback, he has played just one game since the 2019 season and spent his college career at the FCS level. It could mean to a longer transition to the NFL.

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With that said, the 49ers gave up two future first-round picks to trade up to No. 3 to select Lance, showing how much they think of the North Dakota State product. The team can also trade or release Garoppolo and save $23.6 million against the cap, per Spotrac.

It could provide enough motivation to move forward with the rookie as soon as possible.

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